What makes New Zealand's sheep milk unique?
New Zealand sheep milk contains higher levels of health-beneficial lipids and fatty acids than European sheep milk or cow milk and microbiological testing shows that New Zealand sheep milk is safe.
Although differences in milk composition between species have been known for a long time, prior to the start of this research programme there was no data available on the detailed composition of New Zealand sheep milk. We did not know:
- Whether the composition of New Zealand sheep milk was different to that of milk from other countries
- If/how much the composition and flavour changed throughout the milking season
- How much the composition varied between different New Zealand producers
- If the composition and flavour changed upon processing and storage, and if so, how?